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Roxana: The Fortunate Mistress: Or, a History of the Life and Vast Variety of Fortunes of Mademoiselle de Beleau, Afterwards Called the Countess de Wintselsheim in Germany, Being the Person Known by the Name of the Lady Roxana in the Time of Charles II
Daniel Defoe
Progress: 136/356 pages
Elizabeth's Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance and Conspiracy that Threatened Queen Elizabeth's Court
Nicola Tallis
Progress: 106/352 pages
The World Without Us
Alan Weisman
Progress: 36/287 pages
Italian Short Stories For Beginners: 8 Unconventional Short Stories to Grow Your Vocabulary and Learn Italian the Fun Way!
Olly Richards
Progress: 38/239 pages

Reading progress update: I've read 122 out of 256 pages.

The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts - Siân Rees

Oh my! I'm loving this book so far. I'm already half-way through the book and we have only just left England. The first few pages are full of a list of convicts and their misdemeanours. It does become a little repetitive but I think it is necessary to give the reader an idea of what kinds of petty and not-so-petty crimes carried a sentence of capital punishment. I was horrified to find out that counterfeiting coins resulted in hanging for men but burning at the steak for women! This book is full of juicy titbits of history that I have never come across in other books.